Husky is soliciting expressions of interest from contractors and engineering firms to assess the key technical, economic and regulatory issues critical to a safe and reliable natural gas development on the Grand Banks, as well as the capital and operating costs of such a development.
Following a review of conceptual designs, Husky may select one or more firms to participate in a Request for Proposal process, outlining the potential project's broad objectives and expected deliverables.
"Husky is pleased to commence the evaluation of this important resource," said Mr. John C. S. Lau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Husky Energy Inc. "This is the first step which may help realize gas production from White Rose within a decade. In order to evaluate natural gas development in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin, new technologies will need to be developed and today we believe this is possible."
Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NOPB) reserves and resources estimates in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area are approximately 2.1 billion barrels of oil and 9.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (issued by C-NOPB May 19, 2004). The C-NOPB estimates that White Rose has natural gas resources of 2.7 trillion cubic feet.
Husky owns 72.5 percent of the White Rose offshore development. The oil project has a capital cost of $2.35 billion and is scheduled to commence producing oil by the end of 2005 or early 2006.
Husky's initial review of likely technologies indicates that a marine transportation system using compressed natural gas/pressurized natural gas has potential. However, Husky wishes to consider other technologies and is inviting proposals that encompass all such technologies.
The anticipated broad deliverables from the work program will include:
Husky is requesting expression of interest responses by June 30, 2004.
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